FERROCEMENT Building with Cement Sand and Wire
by Stanley Abercrombie
Published by Schocken Books,1977
This book is one of the best general books on construction using ferrocement. The first section is the most complete history of FC that I have seen. Especially interesting for me was the first recorded use of FC by a country gentleman, Jean-Louis Lambot , who built his first boat in 1848. In 1849 a gardener apparently working independently used FC to build flowerpots and later garden furniture. Section two, Materials and Techniques, covers every thing from types of and techniques for tying mesh, cement, sand, water, additives proportions, tools, form work and scaffolding, mixing and handling curing, shapes and color. Section three is Examples of Actual Use contains instructions for building a flowerpot and a small vault as well as overviews of two boats, a garden sculpture, a dome and four houses.
I found this book to be very useful as a general reference on FC and especially the second section on the basics of FC construction procedures. This book is very good in the general to specific level of information it provides on the subject of ferrocement. I recommend it as a practical reference in the field.
Update: This book was out of print for many years but is now being published again by Hill Family Books.
Hill Family Books P.O. Box 130661 Roseville, MN
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